On Saturday 13th August Free Software activists came to FSFE’s PDF Readers Sprint in Manchester and found 59 previously unreported adverts for proprietary PDF readers, all of them on UK Council websites. Printing and signing of letters to the institutions began, and nearly half of them were prepared before the end of the day. (more…)
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Title: Stamp out the ads: Free-Software PDF reader sprint
Description: Publicly funded institutions often advertise one specific PDF-reader on their websites: this is not acceptable. Armed with cake and pizza, we will find and contact public institutions advertising non-free brands of PDF readers and ask them to replace the advert with a company neutral, free and open standards alternative.
Start Time: 15:00
End Time: 17:30
Every day, public institutions advertise specific brands of non-free software on their websites. What would you think about a sign on a public motorway saying “You need a Volkswagen to drive on this road. Contact your Volkswagen dealer for a gratis test drive – Love from, Your Government”? When it comes to software for opening PDF files, many public sector organisations, including Local Councils, Tax Offices, The Home Office, andThe Food Standards Agency, advertise like this every day. By attending this FSFE PDF reader sprint, you can help change this! Armed with cake and pizza, we will find and contact public institutions who are advertising non-Free PDF readers and ask them to replace the advert with a vendor-neutral, Free Software alternative.
It’s a question of neutrality: Public institutions should not engage in advertising, nor further strengthen the dominance of a single company. It’s a question of freedom: A government that exists to protect and preserve our freedom should not be asking us to use non-free software. It’s a question of Open Standards: Open Standards PDF formats can be viewed by all PDF readers, other formats restrict competition and inhibit your freedom.